A teacher was teaching on ‘stress management’ and she raised a glass of water while everyone present expected to be asked the ‘half empty or half full’ question. Instead with a beautiful smile on her face she inquired: how heavy is this glass of water? Answers called out ranges from 8 ounce to 20 ounce. She replied, ‘the absolute weight doesn’t matter, it depends on how long I hold it. If I hold for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I will have ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes’.
She continued, ‘the stress and the worries in life are like that glass of water. When we think about them for a while, nothing really significant happens, think about them a bit longer, it begins to hurt and when we think about them all day long, we feel paralyzed, incapable of doing anything creative or productive. You can’t afford to hold longer to hurt in your past relationships, any form of betrayals from people, criticisms from people in your seemly hostile environment. Don’t carry any longer for an additional hour longer excess baggage in the journey of life. You may never get to change someone’s opinion about you because people will always form their opinions about you anyway but your freedom lies in living your life with conviction. Face your future with faith, courage and hope. This week let go of known baggage in your life, family, career, academics, business and community casting all your cares, worries and anxieties upon God for He cares you